Arsenal target puts Marseille back in title fight

Long-term Arsenal target Florian Thauvin set-up the first and scored the third goal in a 3-1 away win over Ajaccio.

The incredibly talented 20-year-old carried on his impressive form last night with a goal and an assist for Marseille as they chase Ligue 1 glory. 

Marseille had been stuttering in the league of late, and desperately needed the win against relegation battlers Ajaccio to thrust themselves back into the title fight.

It took 27 minutes for the deadlock to be broken. Dimitri Payet, another target from Arsenal in the past slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner after being wonderfully assisted by Thauvin. 

Ajaccio pulled a goal back 4 minutes later but couldn't stop the force of Marseille as they put themselves 2-1 up. Experienced striker Andre-Pierre Gignac found the top corner from outside the box with a right foot shot.

Midway through the second half Florian Thauvin smashed the ball home after being brilliantly set-up by Payet, making it 3-1 to the visitors.

Marseille saw off some late pressure to grab a much needed win and force themselves back into the title race. They now sit two points behind Monaco, three points behind Lille and seven points behind holders Paris Saint-Germain, so have it all to do from now until the end of the season. 

Despite moving to Marseille from Lille in the summer for €15 million after a long-winded transfer battle, it has reportedly done nothing to dent Arsenal's interest in the French under-21 player. 

Lens defender Loick Landre got onto the end of a Thauvin corner to put the French side 2-0, just before Thauvin got onto the score sheet for the first time with an exquisitely hit free kick.

The Marseille man was at it again, this time scoring with his head from point blank range as France went 4-0 up and out of sight, and when France were given a penalty the confident midfielder completed his hat-trick.

19-year-old Axuerre striker Sebastien Haller smashed in an incredible 6th goal that crowned off a brilliant for the performance for the French.

See all the goals below: